"It’s not a fully immersive role-playing game, nor is it a stylised action romp.
Nier is a muddled concoction of ideas that don’t quite coalesce. There are moments where brightness shines through, and one begins to think they’ve misjudged the game, but these occurrences are rare and fleeting. Another title published recently by Square Enix – Final Fantasy XIII – knows full well what kind of a paradigm-shifting beast it is, whereas Nier seems to be suffering from a slight identity crisis.
Developed by Japan’s Cavia (the team behind the rather dismal 2006 third-person shooter Bullet Witch), Nier revolves around a principal character with the same name as the game’s title. He’s gruff, battle-worn and has made it his mission to rid his daughter, Yonah, of an evil that’s infected her known as ‘The Black Scrawl’."